Self-sufficiency is the New Day Job by Deb Joelle

As we established with my very first Deb post where I told y’all that I make my own butter, my husband and I are working toward self-sufficiency. There are multiple reasons for this: the environment, our health, it’s fun, there aren’t many restaurants or places to buy things on the island, and it’s a comparatively cheap way to live. I have never actually had a full time job, but when…

Friday, December 4, 2009

Thanksgiving Peas by Joelle Anthony

As you know, I live in Canada. We had our Thanksgiving in October. It doesn’t mean that I’m not thankful this week, it just means that it’s a pretty normal work week up here and the only big meals I had were of the pizza variety. I thought that since I don’t celebrate American Thanksgiving anymore, I’d celebrate an American instead. She is a fellow Canadian-American who moved up here…

Friday, November 27, 2009

Susan – Citizen Extraordinaire by Deb Joelle

Three years ago, my husband and I bought a house on a tiny island in western British Columbia. Well, actually, I came up here on a “viewing” trip with my mum, and bought the house myself. SURPRISE! Anyway, a few months later, Victor and I came up here to stay in our empty house for about ten days (we planned to rent it out for a while since we weren’t…

Friday, November 20, 2009

Show, Don’t Tell by Deb Joelle

I’m kind of a Google Queen, but I’m guessing you all know about Google already, so I wont’ bother posting about it here. One of my favourite online resources is one you may not know about. It’s called City Daily Photo. All around the world, photographers, both professional and amateur are taking a photo of their hometown every single day. They all have blogs where they post these daily photos,…

Friday, November 6, 2009

Let’s Dance by Deb Joelle

I love Halloween. With a background in theatre, a glue gun, and duct tape, I can make any costume. Whether it resembles what I had in mind or not, remains to be seen. I have dressed as a tree sprite, Pippi Longstocking, Tigger, a baseball clown, a cat, a butterfly, and more…and yes, this is all in the last fifteen years. However, I thought for today’s post, it might be…

Friday, October 30, 2009

Maybe too calm, cool, and collected by Deb Joelle

It has been said that I am patient. I know that’s true. And it’s a very good thing if you want to be a writer because really, not even immigration is slower than publishing. And it’s slow. Trust me. When we applied for permanent residency in Canada, they received our application, opened it up, cashed the cheque for processing fees, gave us a number, and proceeded to ignore us for…

Friday, October 23, 2009

Leap by Deb Joelle

Our topic on The Debs this week was a sort of take-it-as-you-will topic. Fall. Naturally, at this time of year, one’s mind turns to pretty leaves, but the more I pondered the word, the more I began to link fall with falling, and eventually falling with landing. We recently adopted a rescue cat named Marley. We find ourselves looking at her sprawled out on a fleece pillow, in the best…

Friday, October 16, 2009

Night time is for sleeping (and snacking) by Deb Joelle

My husband calls me a rule follower. I prefer the term traditionalist. I sleep at night and work during the day. Why? Because that’s how things were done in my home growing up. Besides, I am at my best for writing between 10am and 4pm, so that’s when I work. Every once in a while, I wonder what it might be like to write at midnight or sleep during the…

Friday, October 9, 2009

No! You’re the best! No! You’re the best! by Deb Joelle

I just have to get this off my chest right away. You might like your agent, you might even love your agent, but I have the very best agent in the whole wide world. So there. I’m not trying to make you jealous or anything, but it’s true. While all agent/writer relationships are different, and I will concede that he might not be the right agent for you, he’s definitely…

Friday, October 2, 2009